(Founder) Harp & Piano Teacher
Tomina Parvanova is one of the most in-demand artists in her field. She has performed with a myriad of major orchestras and ensembles, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Ballet, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (to name a few). Ms. Parvanova has served as principal harpist for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra for three seasons and has performed for numerous shows On and Off-Broadway. In 2011, Ms. Parvanova was a harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors, such as Jaap van Zweden, Kurt Masur and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Ms. Parvanova began her musical training on the piano at the age of 6. She attended the National Music School in Sofia majoring in both Piano and Harp. After relocating to the United States, she obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Boston Conservatory and Masters from Boston University (CFA). For over 10 years, Ms. Parvanova has been teaching both harp and piano to students of all ages and backgrounds. She was an adjunct instructor at the Boston Conservatory where she taught solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire. While pursuing her Masters Degree at Boston University CFA, she was a harp teaching assistant for undergraduate students minoring in music. She has served on faculty at Long Island City Academy of Music and Sage Music School.
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"Tomina is an excellent harp teacher. She is flexible in terms of teaching pieces that are catered to the musical interests of the student, but at the same time puts a strong emphasis on classical technique and sound production. Her lessons are always tailored to suit the student, and I highly recommend her to anyone serious about learning the harp!Tomina is an excellent harp teacher. She is flexible in terms of teaching pieces that are catered to the musical interests of the student, but at the same time puts a strong emphasis on classical technique and sound production. Her lessons are always tailored to suit the student, and I highly recommend her to anyone serious about learning the harp!"
"Tomina has been teaching my daughter piano for the past two years. She enjoys her lessons, and Tomina has been great. I'm happy with her progress and the way she's still excited to be learning."
"Tomina is a talented, skilled teacher, who really understands basic learning theory. She is excellent at breaking learning down into small chunks, correcting weak areas, and going after all areas of learning an instrument. She loves music and relates very well to people (warm, caring, good sense of humor). I highly recommend her as a teacher."
Karl Lyden is a trombonist originally from Omaha, Nebraska and now based in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he became well-versed in classical and jazz. Karl then completed a Master's at New York University where he was an adjunct faculty instructor. Since then, Karl has become an active performing/recording artist with such bands as Streetlight Manifesto, Lawrence, and A Winged Victory of the Sullen. Karl has also held the trombone chair on several musicals (Broadway and off-Broadway) including 2 seasons of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Karl has taught for such organizations in New York City as the Harmony Program, Feed Your Mind Music, and Brooklyn Music School. He has also been teaching privately for over 10 years. Karl believes that music provides a positive creative outlet while improving self-discipline and coordination. His teaching style is grounded in fundamentals but also tailored to each student. Whether or not Karl's students choose to pursue music as a career, he wants to help all of them realize their potential. In the end, the hope is that learning music will help students excel in academics and life.
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"Fantastic! He picked up on my skill level right away and tailored the lesson specifically for me. Would definitely recommend!"
"Karl is a methodical and patient teacher. He is very much inclined to understand a student's needs and shortcomings, and accommodate and teach accordingly. A practical, inspired educator."
"Karl is knowledgeable, patient and punctual. He has helped my son prepare for upcoming auditions and exams as well as helping him improve his technique and breathing. We have been very impressed by Karl's enthusiasm for his craft and how he is able to pass this on to our son."
Céline Boulben, a native of Paris, France, graduated with a degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, where she studied with one of the main representative of the Romanian violin school, Stefan Gheorghiu. After moving to New York, Céline Boulben has remained as an active performer in various musical styles. Ms. Boulben has often appeared in performances with orchestras and chamber ensembles in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall. She has also performed in Broadway shows, and recorded for films and various other musical projects.
Her pedagogical activity started in France as a violin and music teacher at the Conservatoire de Musique of Luisant, and Yamaha Music School of Chartres. She is now the violin teacher of Blüthner School of Music in Hoboken (NJ), where several of her students won competitions to play at Carnegie Hall. Céline Boulben has a personal approach for each student, observing their way of learning, and adapting her teaching to their needs. She focuses on the importance of music as a necessary means of communication, creativity, and self-expression as she believes that studying music enriches all aspects of a person’s life.